November 2016

Christ the King and thirty-fourth Week of the Year
(Saturday, 19 November 2016 )

Mass of the solemnity, Gloria, Creed, preface of the solemnity (white). 
Readings: 2 Samuel 5:1-3; Colossians 1:12-20; 
Luke 23:35-43.

Mass of the memorial, preface of the BVM (white). 

Readings: Zechariah 2:14-17; Matthew 12:46-...

Where are we going from here?
(Saturday, 19 November 2016 )


 was among those who rejoiced when Pope Francis called the special Year of Mercy. Yes, mercy! A word, but most importantly an attitude. This year of mercy has indeed been a special one.

With activity after activity, prayer after prayer, talks and pilgrimages, it was celebrated in a wholesome and complete manner. 


Coadjutor bishop for diocese
(Saturday, 19 November 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): “To be honest, I’m very nervous,” Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung said in response to an announcement from the coordinator of the Holy See Study Mission in Hong Kong, Monsignor Ante Josic, that he had been appointed by Pope Francis as the coadjutor bishop with right of succession to the incumbent, John Cardinal Tong Hon.

Bishop Yeung described the news as being like an Annunciation, which...

Not an end but a beginning
(Saturday, 19 November 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): “Here on earth time passes, but God is eternal and likewise his mercy is everlasting,” John Cardinal Tong Hon said at a Mass celebrated at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on the evening of November 13 to mark the closing of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy.

The year, which began on December 12 last year with an imposing ceremony at the cathedral in which Cardinal Tong opened the...

Enriching Christian-Daoist dialogue
(Saturday, 19 November 2016 )

TAIPEI (SE): “Encouraged by the success of this encounter, we commit ourselves to share the fruit of our dialogue (in) expressing deepest respect for one another’s tradition and agreeing to engage in sincere dialogue at local, national and international levels,” a statement released by the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue at the conclusion of a symposium at the Daoist Baoan Temple in Taipei on October 16 says.

Tranquil ordination had snags
(Saturday, 19 November 2016 )

CHANGZHI (SE): At 8.00am on November 10, Father Peter Ding Lingbin was ordained as the bishop of Changzhi in Shanxi province, in what was described as a tranquil atmosphere.

The 54-year-old newly-ordained bishop came to the priesthood late in life, first having worked as a medical doctor in the local city hospital.

Fears that illicitly ordained bishops may gatecrash proved to be...

Pedalling mission around Fanling
(Saturday, 19 November 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): More than 20 parishioners from St. Joseph’s in Fanling got together to form a bicycle cavalcade for a special public event to mark Mission Sunday on October 30.

With flags flying from the back of the bicycles imprinted with the words, Missionary Church, Witness of Mercy, taken from the title of the message of Pope Francis for World Mission Sunday this year, the cavalcade pedalled its way...

Sign of the times in United States election
(Saturday, 19 November 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): “All political activity must serve and promote the good of the human person and be based on respect for his or her dignity,” Pope Francis told the United States Congress in September last year.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops repeated the papal statement in a press release issued on November 9, after Donald Trump was declared president-elect of the nation. The bishops also note...

Election Committee screens out candidates
(Saturday, 19 November 2016 )

The nomination period for the Election Committee, which will choose the next chief executive of Hong Kong, ended on November 14.

While the Catholic Church is allocated 10 of the 60 seats for the religious sector, Pan-Democrats are running in other sub-sectors in the hope of making an impact on public opinion, setting an election agenda and even affecting a directional change....

Illicit bishop rumour mill grinds more rumours
(Saturday, 19 November 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): Reports that Father Paul Dong Guanhua had announced that he had been clandestinely ordained a bishop in the unofficial Church community, without a mandate from the Vatican, have sparked a flow of grievances aired on social media about what may happen at the next round of Vatican-Beijing negotiations where rumour has it an agreement will be made on the appointment of and situation of bishops in China.